Karol Bagh

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Karol Bagh
Qarol Bagh
Karol Bagh, 2008 (6).JPG
Karol Bagh is located in Delhi
Karol Bagh
Karol Bagh
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°39′46″N 77°12′36″E / 28.6629°N 77.210°E / 28.6629; 77.210Coordinates: 28°39′46″N 77°12′36″E / 28.6629°N 77.210°E / 28.6629; 77.210
DistrictCentral Delhi
 • Total505,242
Time zoneGMT + 0530
PIN Code
Lok Sabha constituencyNew Delhi
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKarol Bagh
Civic agencyMCD
River of lights at Karol Bagh

Karol Bagh (also spelled Qarol Bagh, pronounced [qəroːl baːɣ]) is a neighbourhood in Central District of Delhi, India.[1][2][3] It is a mixed residential-cum-commercial neighborhood known for its shopping streets, like the Ghaffar Market and Ajmal Khan Road.

It was also home to the Karol Bagh Lok Sabha constituency till it was abolished in 2008.

Noted residential places in Karol Bagh are W.E.A, Beadon Pura, Reghar Pura, Dev Nagar, and Bapa Nagar. These are residential colonies with a mix of Commercial activities. Some Wholesale markets are located in the area namely, Tank Road Garment Market, Hardhyan Singh Road Leather market etc.

A wholesale garment market known as Tank Road Market came into existence with few shopkeepers at the end of the 1980s. It offers multiple stores for ethnic women wear i.e. suits, sarees, lehengas etc.


Karol Bagh, also spelled Qarol Bagh, derives its name from the Hindi-Urdu words "Qarol" (क़रोल, قرول) meaning "curved like green chilly" and "Bagh" (बाग़, باغ) meaning "garden".[4][5][3] The place was named as such because of the "number of herbal gardens in the area".[4][5]


In the 1920s, residents of villages like Madhoganj, Jaisingh Pura, and Raja ka Bazaar evacuated to build Connaught Place and nearby areas, were relocated in Karol Bagh to the West, then a rocky area populated by trees and wild bushes.[6]

The area was primarily populated with a large Muslim population until there en masse exodus to Pakistan and an influx of refugees from West Punjab and Sindh after the Partition of India in 1947,[7] many of whom were traders. They remains a sizeable Marathi-speaking population. There is also a Tamil-speaking population.[8] Karol Bagh is also home to a large Bengali community, and hosts one of the oldest Durga Puja in the city; their numbers have increased many folds since late 1990s, most of which are employed in jewellery manufacturing.

Several incidents were reported at Karol Bagh during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, including burning of shops.[9] Karol Bagh was the target of a terrorist attack in October 2008 when there was a bomb blast in Ghaffar Market.[10]


Entrance to the Ghaffar Market, Karol Bagh

The historic Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College was inaugurated here by Mahatma Gandhi in 1921,[11] and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, also of Delhi University is situated here.


The area is popular with affluent people of West and Central Delhi for shopping, with a busy markets including Ajmal Khan Road, Arya Samaj Road, and the Ghaffar Market, named after freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Tip Top Market (Established by Sh Sohan Lal Jain in the year 2000). In the recent years, many western businesses have established themselves in this area. Pizza Hut, TGIF, Reebok, Skechers, Puma and Lacoste have all established successful businesses in Karol Bagh. Many eateries also exist such as Pind Balluchi etc. It is a very big crowded market place.The Karol Bagh market is one of the oldest and most famous and flourishing shopping centres in Delhi. The market offers variety, not only in the type of goods you buy but also in the types of shops you visit. From the big air-conditioned showrooms to the small and dainty shops in alleys, you will find everything here.

The whole of the market has been subdivided into various roads, streets, and markets, each specializing in a particular field.

Ajmal Khan Road

Ajmal Khan Road in Karol Bagh once specialized in inexpensive ready-made garments, cotton yarn, and embroidered garments. However, now, this road boasts of big fancy stores, international labels, along with all kinds of Indian munchies and masalas (spices) are available here.

Arya Samaj Road

It is one of the best places to buy second-hand books in Delhi.

Bank Street

Bank Street in Karol Bagh is known for its numerous jewellery shops. These shops specialize in jewellery for the bridal trousseau.

Gaffar Market

Shopping in Karol Bagh, Delhi is incomplete if you haven’t been to the Gaffar Market. There is not a single imported product in India that is not available here. From cosmetics to watches to cell phones to footwear, you will get anything and everything here.


Karol Bagh is renowned for its eateries that offer lip smacking food at a very reasonable price. The famous Roshan Di Kulfi is situated in the heart of Karol Bagh market and is often pack with foodies who relish the famous Kulfi and Chole Bhature. Roopak stores is a one stop destination for all sorts of spices and has a Pani Puri (Gol Gappa) shop right outside the store which offers possibly the best Pani Puri is Delhi. Standard Sweet shop is renowned for its Barfi and Aloo Puri which is a must have for the residents nearby on Sundays. Bikanerwala is packed with people buying sweets during festive season. There is also Raffel's which offer bakery items and has an ice cream counter facing the main walkway of the market.


Nearest railway stations are Delhi Sarai Rohilla and Delhi Kishanganj, both about a kilometer from Central Karol Bagh. Karol Bagh is situated at a distance of 20 – 22 km. from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, and 4.1 km. from New Delhi Railway Station.[12] It is also serviced by the Karol Bagh station, located on the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro. One can see famous giant statue of lord Hanuman between Jhandewalan and Karol Bagh metro station. Also its Education hub of IAS Academy in New Delhi. The Pin Code of Karol Bagh[13] is 110005. Also there are so many frequent taxi services are available in Delhi to reach Karol Bagh. The following public transportation transit lines have routes that pass near Karol Bagh Bus Bus: 208, 310, 522A, 753, 807A, 894CL, EXP-85A.


In popular culture[edit]

12/24 Karol Bagh (2009–2010), a TV series shown on Zee TV, was set in Karol Bagh and shot and produced in Delhi. Its subsequent success started the trend for many TV serials being set in Delhi.[14] Zoya Singh Solanki the central character in the romantic comedy novel by Anuja Chauhan, The Zoya Factor (2008) lives in Karol Bagh, who ends up becoming the lucky mascot for the Indian cricket team in the novel.[15] In recent years the 108-foot Hanuman statue has become an iconic landmark marking the entrance to Karol Bagh and is seen regularly featured in Bollywood movies showcasing New Delhi. In the 2021 movie Bell Bottom, Akshay Kumar's character lived in Gurudwara Road, Karol Bagh . In the movie Befikre, Ranveer Singh's character lived in Karol Bagh. There's a dialogue "you might have left Karol Bagh, but Karol Bagh hasn't left you".


  1. ^ Fārūqī, Z̤iāʼulḥasan (1999). Dr. Zakir Hussain, Quest for Truth. APH Publishing. p. 105. ISBN 978-81-7648-056-7. In August 1925 , the Jamia had been shifted from Aligarh to Delhi and was located in Qarol Bagh, Delhi.
  2. ^ Report on the Administration of the Delhi Province for 1928-29. Calcutta: Government Of India Central Publication Branch. 1930. p. 106.
  3. ^ a b "क़रोल-बाग़". Rekhta. Retrieved 5 January 2022. qarol-baaG क़रोल-बाग़ قرول باغ a place in Delhi
  4. ^ a b Arora, Shilpi (2012). Quintessential Delhi. Friday Gurgaon. p. 15. Karol Bagh got its name from a number of herbal gardens in the area. It was once spelled as “Qarol Bagh” – “Qarol” means “curved like green chilly”.
  5. ^ a b "When the spoken word changes meaning". The Financial Express. 25 March 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2022. It is not Karol baagh but Qarol (meaning curved like a green chilly) baagh.
  6. ^ "A tale of two cities". Hindustan Times. 1 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015.
  7. ^ Singh, Andrea (1976). Neighbourhood and Social Networks In Urban India. Marwah Publications. p. 67.
  8. ^ Ganesh, Narayani (15 September 2002). "Ubiquitous 'Madrasi' in Delhi". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  9. ^ Das, Veena (2007). Life and words: violence and the descent into the ordinary. University of California Press. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-520-24745-1.
  10. ^ "Karol Bagh's markets live in constant fear of a terrorist attack". Hindustan Times. 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ Sah, Ram Swarth (25 December 2003). "Old medicine, new learners". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 12 November 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2007.
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  13. ^ "Details of Post Office & Pin Code of Karol Bagh, Central Delhi, Delhi". Pincode. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Delhi's driving TV content". The Times of India. 17 December 2010. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Books: The Zoya Factor: Chick-lit cricket, Interview". CNN-IBN. 21 October 2008. Archived from the original on 11 May 2009.